Glenn Maxwell clarifies the reason behind not shaking hands with Sarfraz Ahmed
Maxwell was bashed by the supporters for his rude behaviour on the cricket pitch.
Published - Jul 9, 2018 1:33 pm | Updated - Jul 9, 2018 1:52 pm
Pakistan are the number one ranked T20I team and yesterday they manifested the same when they beat Australia in the Final of the tri-nation series by six wickets and with four balls to spare. Fakhar Zaman, the opening batsman, notched his highest T20I score of 91 and shepherded his team home. Pakistan were chasing 184 runs and it also was their most successful run chase in the shortest format.
However, following their victory, a video went viral where it was shown that Glenn Maxwell, the Australian all-rounder, supposedly avoided shaking hands with Sarfraz Ahmed, the Men in Green’s captain. Subsequently, he was bashed by the supporters for his rude behaviour on the cricket pitch. However, the Victorian has come up with a clarification on the matter.
He took to Twitter and wrote, “Congrats to Pakistan on their win yesterday, Fakhar Zaman and Shoaib Malik were unstoppable; Sad note to end our tour of Zimbabwe, but still plenty of positives to take out of it. In regards to the incident shown post-match, it appears unsportsmanlike, and certainly not the way I play the game. It was a genuine oversight on my behalf and I’m currently looking for Sarfraz in the hotel to shake his hand and congratulate him and his team for their series win. #well played”
Here is Maxwell’s tweet
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) July 9, 2018
Maxwell didn’t have an overly impressive series with the bat. In five matches, he could only score 71 runs at an average of 23.66. His top score of 56 runs came in Aaron Finch and Co’s last league match versus Zimbabwe. With the ball, he was fairly decent. In the Final, he picked up the crucial wickets of debutant Sahibzada Farhan and Hussain Talat, opening the bowling.
His form has been a matter of concern for the Australian team management. He played in the ODI and T20I matches against England last month and started with a half-century, but couldn’t hold on to his form. Australia will play their next limited-overs series versus South Africa in November and Maxwell would be hoping to cement his place, especially with the 2019 World Cup coming closer.